20 February 2008

NIGERIA : Lagos City League Starts March 20

by Pius Ayinor

The 4th edition of the Lagos City League will take the jump ball March 20 at the Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos.

The Chairman of the Lagos State Basketball Association (LSBBA), Babs Ogunade said that the league will retain the 12 team format for men and four for women.

The date and other details were agreed on at the association's stakeholders meeting held last Wednesday at the Rowe Park Sports Centre, Yaba with members of the LSBBA and club representatives.

LSBBA Secretary, Uthman Ola-Okunnu told the gathering that teams will be admitted on first come first serve basis as the association is providing a level playing ground for all the teams in Lagos State with March 8 as deadline for registration.

FIBA rules will apply in the organisation of the league which is to provide an alternative to the Premier League organised by the Nigeria Basketball Federation for both premier league teams and those in lower divisions.

A combined referee and coaches' clinic will precede the league.

Meanwhile, the University of Lagos International School by the weekend recorded a double victory over Belina College in the boys' and girls' categories of the Ivy league.

ISL girls handed down a 16-4 defeat to the Belina girls while its male counterpart rose from an eight-point deficit in the first half (26-18) to inflict a 50-34 points defeat on the Belina boys.
In another match played last week also America International School defeated Greensprings 52-27 in the boys category while Avi-Cenna and Ifako International posted a 39-19 points and 41-19 points wins over Indian Language School in the boy's event.

The Indian Language School girls, unlike their male counterpart, were more purposeful in the three matches they played with victories over Avi-Cenna (14-11), Vivian Fowler (24-5) and Ifako International School (14-3) respectively.

Action continues this week as group games draw to a close.

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